As my new everyday earbuds!
For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter, which I highly recommend you do! I recently decided to upgrade my everyday earbuds. I’ve been the proud owner of the Pixel Buds A for several months and I really liked them.
I must admit, initially, I had a bit of an on-and-off relationship with them, at the end of which, I decided that because of their comfort and reasonable sound quality they were to become my everyday earbuds.
Several months later, not only did I take them on a trip to Hungary, but I also felt that some things were missing, particularly for people who travel or commute. The talk is about active noise cancellation (ANC) which their competition such as the Nothing Ear (1)’s and the Beats Studio Buds had.
One of the key things’s I liked about the Pixel Buds A as well as the Pixel Buds 2, I had a few years back is the way they worked with my Pixel devices, they just worked with no questions asked.
For those of you who are new to Tech With Dom, I test several earbuds as well as headphones on my YouTube channel, and the one thing I noticed about some models, is that they can be quite difficult to connect or pair to other devices. I’m not just talking about budget sets which surprisingly are usually good, I’m talking about the expensive sets, such as my AirPods Pro, which worked exceptionally well with Apple Devices, but when connected to a Windows computer or an Android device, there were occasions where I had issues and just couldn’t connect them.
Now I don’t know whether this was just my set or if this is a genuine issue.
Moving on, I decided to purchase the Pixel Buds Pro due to the positive experience I had with previous models and whilst I have already used them on a single occasion, I wanted to write a blog post setting out my expectations to write a follow-up once I had enough time with them.
So, without any further ado, here are my expectations…
I want to be able to use them in loud areas
As someone who often commutes by train and other forms of public transport, I often find myself in busy areas where standard earbuds may struggle to cope with the noise.
A fitting example and one I often use in my videos and for testing noise-cancellation is at my local train station, where you often get loud diesel trains departing. If you don’t know how loud the sound is, you’ll just have to take my word for it but believe me, they’re loud!
Anyway, my Pixel Buds A, struggled in loud environments, which prompted me to look for an alternative solution.
I want the Pixel Buds Pro to be able to block out unnecessary noise, you often find when travelling by train, bus or any other form of public transport so that I can concentrate on working.
I Want The Transparency Mode to be decent
I often find myself using transparency mode, whether I’m cycling or running, I like to be able to hear the traffic around me. Not only does it make it safer for me, but also for other road users. I tend to be very strict when using any form of headphones for those activities in general. I usually use the Aftershokz Trekz Air which are bone-conducting headphones that don’t cover your ear. But there are times when I may use earbuds, such as for testing purposes or for just walking.
I also like to enable transparency mode when listening out for announcements made at the train station so that I know of any upcoming changes to my route.
Transparency mode is also good when you want to engage in a conversation but don’t feel the need of taking your earbuds off, like when buying a coffee.
I want the sound quality to be decent
With all these great features in mind, let’s not forget the important bit, the sound quality. For that price, I expect the sound quality to be decent.
Now I am fully aware that we all have our preferences when it comes to the sound, some of us don’t like a lot of bass, some of us do, some of us like a bit of both, and the list just goes on!
For my taste, I want there to be a decent level of bass but I also want the sound to be crisp and clean.
To Summarise my article, these are the main things that are important to me and that I hope the Pixel Buds Pro Deliver.
However, there are other things, which set these apart such as Multipoint which will allow me to connect the earbuds to my phone and laptop at the same time. Not only is this feature convenient, but I also believe that it will make me more productive.
For example, If I’m writing a blog article on my laptop and I need to check something on my phone, that involves sound, I don’t have the need to take my earbuds out or disconnect them from my laptop to connect them to my phone. The same can be said for an incoming call when I’m working on my laptop.
As of writing this article, I haven’t had much of a chance to try them out as they’ve only recently been delivered. But stay tuned as my review will be coming within the next few weeks.
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